Cosmetic Surgery Blog

Q: Will Breasts Sag if I Decide to Explant?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Sun, 06/12/2011 - 21:46

What if you decided to explant? Will your breasts sag?

A: Sagging may occur

Sagging will occur based on the following:

  • - the size of the implants relative to your normal breast size
  • - if you have lost weight
  • - if you had children
  • - amount of breast tissue you have
  • - skin elasticity
  • - and aging

You may want to consider breast lift (mastopexy) if breast do turnout saggy after removal of implants. Please consult your plastic surgeon.

Q: Is It Safe to Eat Seafood After Breast Implants Removal?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Sun, 06/12/2011 - 21:45

I had my saline breast implants removed on 05/20/11 due to capsular contracture. How soon can I start the breasts massaging to help them firm up because I heard it does help somewhat. Is there a detox process after your surgery to help your body healed from surgery and what does it entail? Please advise. Greatly appreciated. Thank you.

A: No food restrictions

If you did not have new breast implants after removing the capsule there are no exercise, nor food restrictions after removing breast implants. However, if you had new implants allow at least 6 weeks for recovery before performing any exercises.

Q: Is This Weird Shape to my Implants Normal?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Sun, 06/12/2011 - 21:44

Clearly the implants are too big for me so I'm wondering if the implant has a weird shape because it is too big to fit me properly or if it's because of something else. Should I have my doctor look at it or is this pretty normal? And when I squeeze them together they have this indentation on the inside where my cleavage is. Thank you, I appreciate all your help.

A: Might consider downsizing

The “dent” is probably caused by the thinning of the tissues in that area. If you are concerned with the size of your implants you should probably have them changed by your plastic surgeon.

Q: Strange Nipple Shape

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Sun, 06/12/2011 - 21:42

Hi, I am concerned about my left nipple and its irregular shape and protrusion. Just had implants and lift. One nipple is good, the other seems to be quite different and concerns me that it may need revision. Its only been three weeks but need to know if anyone would agree there is a slight problem evident at this early stage. Could the sutures be holding the edges and causing problems which will disappear later.Areola looks to be caught under at one point or popping out farther down?Thanks?

A: Too early to tell

At such early post-op stages for breast surgery, nipple asymmetry is normal due to swelling. It takes about 6 months for complete healing. If you are still concerned 6 months post-op please consult your plastic surgeon.

Q: Why my Breast Look So Bad After 8 Months

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Sun, 06/12/2011 - 21:41

i had breast implants and anchored 8 mths ago. my rt breast looks as is i had a skin graft at the bottom of it. my rt nipple is the size of a half dollar an lt nipple is the size of a quarter. i dont understand whats went wrong

A: Many women consider the scarring from a breast lift to be a serious drawback

Unfortunately, not all breast augmentation procedures have good turnouts. When combined with mastopexy many women consider the scarring from a breast lift to be a serious drawback to the procedure. Keyhole leave what is known as a "lollipop" scar, while a full mastopexy leaved an "anchor shaped" scar. It is difficult to help without an examination or seeing any photos. I suggest that you consult your plastic surgeon.

Q: Are my Nipples Still Too Low or Implants Still a Little High? or All Ok?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Sun, 06/12/2011 - 21:38

A: If you are 3-6 months post-op it is best to get checked by your surgeon

Depending on when your surgery took place you may need revision. If you are 3-6 months post-op it is best to get checked by your surgeon as the implants should have settled in their final position by now. The placement of the implants also affects the “settling time.” If the implants were placed underneath the muscle it will take more time for the implants to settle than if the implants were placed over the muscle. You may also want to consider a mastopexy (or breast lift) to shape the breast and change the position of the nipple to a more desired look. Consult your surgeon.

Q: Whats the Best Bra to Wear After the Post Op Period

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Sun, 06/12/2011 - 21:35

A: Your doctor must customize your garment and bra recommendations

Many recovery garments and bras are commercially available. Some garments are designed to prevent superior migration of the breast implant by compression and stabilization to its desired position. Other recovery bras elevate the breast superiorly to relieve pressure on the fresh incision and protect the shape on the bottom pole of the breast. Your best choice of garment and bra must be customized to the specific technical aspects of your cosmetic breast procedure that you have undergone.

To obtain long term natural looking breasts, your doctor must customize your garment and bra recommendations.

Q: Can I Travel in the States Four Wks After Tummy Tuck and Breast Implants

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Sun, 06/12/2011 - 15:22

A: Should not be a problem to travel 4 weeks after surgery

Should not be a problem to travel 4 weeks after surgery. Recovery after breast augmentation usually requires 6 weeks of recovery time. However, if your early course of recovery is uncomplicated and your trip does not entail a high degree of intense activity travel should be safe. Abdominoplasty may require a lengthier recovery especially if you had a rectus sheath plication. Be sure to consult your treating surgeon.

Q: Post Op Bra and Medications?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Mon, 05/16/2011 - 23:10

I am assuming this varies from doctor to doctor and I plan on asking my PS these questions as well, but I was wondering how the majority would answer these questions. Will I need to buy a post op bra or will/should it be provided by my surgeon? I've heard about "silicone" bandages or something along those lines for scarring after surgery. Are these good to use? Amica Montana pills, vitamin E and B? Are these reccomended and safe?

A: Good questions for your consultation

The use of garments is at times necessary to control implant position in the early post operative period. The need to use such garments depends on the tightness of your breast envelope, whether the implant is position under or overtop of the muscle, and the philosophy of your treating doctor. For example, tight lower pole of the breast along with submuscular implant placement often pushed the implant too superiorly in the early post operative period. This high implant position can be prevented or improved by use of specially designed compression breast garments to push the implant downwards in the early first 6 weeks after surgery. Siicone sheeting can often help scars soften and mature if used in the first 6 months following surgery and worthwhile to consider using starting 2-3 weeks after surgery. I am not a fan of using Arnica or Vit E. They are not proven but probably not harmful.